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Old 11-25-11, 10:21 AM   #1
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Trucks in bike lane...

Whenever I see a truck with it's ramp down I fantasize about riding right up it into the trailer. Then maybe act all dazed when the driver comes around and be like "Oh what the **** just happened?"

My mtb skills aren't that great, so if I ever did it I'd probably break my ass bone or something.

Anyone ever attempted some mad skillz on one of these trucks?
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Old 11-25-11, 10:30 AM   #2
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In a Knievel moment, I'd fantasize using the ramp to jump the truck.
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Whenever I see a truck with it's ramp down I fantasize about riding right up it into the trailer. Then maybe act all dazed when the driver comes around and be like "Oh what the **** just happened?"

My mtb skills aren't that great, so if I ever did it I'd probably break my ass bone or something.

Anyone ever attempted some mad skillz on one of these trucks?
I come across a similar situation from time to time, but there is no bike lane present at this particular location. The one section of bike lane that is completely or partially blocked on a regular basis by a truck is usually done with a semi with it's back door closed, so it would not be as nearly as much fun.
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i ran across this with a friend one day, except it was an empty tilt deck trailer with no truck in front of it. he accepted the challenge and ended up tweaking his front wheel on the landing. (it was a good 4+ foot drop)
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Old 11-25-11, 11:43 AM   #5
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Around the 2 minute mark.....
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Was this guy interviewed on NPR a couple months ago? The concept of deliberately running into everything in the bike line sounds very familiar.

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Duh, the driver put down a traffic cone. Just like flashing emergency lights, traffic cones make it legal to park wherever you want.
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Old 11-25-11, 04:09 PM   #8
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Duh, the driver put down a traffic cone. Just like flashing emergency lights, traffic cones make it legal to park wherever you want.
Unfortunately, some drivers actually seem to think that's true.
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Service vehicles will sometimes partially block the right side of the road out of practical necessity, bike lane or not. If there was no bike lane, they'd be blocking a regular traffic lane. I suggest you get over it.
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I keep my city's parking patrol number in my phone. They have a better bag of tricks than I do.

Unlike our police department, our parking enforcement folks love to cite folks who block bike lanes. Unfortunately, they can't order a tow.
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Service vehicles will sometimes partially block the right side of the road out of practical necessity, bike lane or not. If there was no bike lane, they'd be blocking a regular traffic lane. I suggest you get over it.
Yeah man, I want to get over it, that's why I fantasize about jumping them with a sweet ramp!
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That video is awesome. Great falling skills!
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Just because there's a bike lane doesn't mean that you always have to stay in it. Treat the truck just like any other obstacle; scan and merge left into the traffic lane, and go around them.
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Typical...from the ordinary dumb citizen, all the way up to the NYPD Police Commissioner!! While it is good to have bike lanes in NYC, if the bike lanes are blocked for some reason, people that don't cycle don't care!!!! Everyone else in NYC is allowed to move around an obstruction. But if a cyclist, the NYPD reacts almost like the cyclist should 'get the chair', just for momentarily going outside the bike lane!!!!!
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Treat the truck just like any other obstacle; scan and merge left into the traffic lane, and go around them.
....and that's how it should be, but some motorists treat my moving out of the bike lane, and into the regular travel lane, as though I just made some sort of an obscene gesture at them.
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Just because there's a bike lane doesn't mean that you always have to stay in it. Treat the truck just like any other obstacle; scan and merge left into the traffic lane, and go around them.
Agreed, but try convincing motorists that we have the right to leave the bike lane for our safety. Many people seem to think that there isn't any justification for a cyclist to be riding outside of the bike lane. Sadly some of those are (allegedly) cyclists.
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Typical...from the ordinary dumb citizen, all the way up to the NYPD Police Commissioner!! While it is good to have bike lanes in NYC, if the bike lanes are blocked for some reason, people that don't cycle don't care!!!! Everyone else in NYC is allowed to move around an obstruction. But if a cyclist, the NYPD reacts almost like the cyclist should 'get the chair', just for momentarily going outside the bike lane!!!!!
Yeah, isn't that great? Here in the Tampa Bay area motorists are reminded during heavy rains that they shouldn't drive through standing water as they might flood and "drown" their cars. But we cyclists are expected to just "suck it up" and accept the risks.

Just gotta love the doublestandard.
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....and that's how it should be, but some motorists treat my moving out of the bike lane, and into the regular travel lane, as though I just made some sort of an obscene gesture at them.
Agreed, this past summer as I was riding down a road with a DZBL. I had a person who had gotten out of his truck and was waiting to cross the road. He said that I should be riding in the bike lane because the city had installed them. When I tried to explain to him that because of the on street parking that it was unsafe for me to do so he resorts to calling me an "fening arsehole."

Gotta say that I just "love" that, I'm taking steps to protect my safety and I'm an "fenng arsehole." To quote Riggs and Murtaug(sp) "Beautiful."
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My own little fantasy is a volunteer "bike posse" trained and empowered to cite vehicles whose drivers park at their own convenience.
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Yeah, isn't that great? Here in the Tampa Bay area motorists are reminded during heavy rains that they shouldn't drive through standing water as they might flood and "drown" their cars. But we cyclists are expected to just "suck it up" and accept the risks.

Just gotta love the doublestandard.
I would almost love to ride through NYC and find a bike lane obstruction near an NYPD officer and just casually pass the obstruction in view of the officer.
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Unless you feel really entitled today.
My truck has blocked YOUR road plenty times before and will continue to do so.
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Has anybody else noticed that in NYC people who drive trucks go to insane, ridiculous lengths to make their trucks "look official" even when they obviously aren't. Sometimes its really ridiculous what they do, then they try to park illegally using this gambit. And they seem to get away with it sometimes.. either that or nobody cares about tickets.
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Yeah, isn't that great? Here in the Tampa Bay area motorists are reminded during heavy rains that they shouldn't drive through standing water as they might flood and "drown" their cars. But we cyclists are expected to just "suck it up" and accept the risks.

Just gotta love the doublestandard.
It does go to the larger problem being the same issue in every jurisdiction that has a bike lane. Some jurisdictions may make allowances for obstructions in the bike lane, but others don't. Those that don't, do the same as in the video.

While I am in no way suggesting it, I wonder what said jurisdictions would think if, a cyclist by not going out of the bike lane saw someone standing in the bike lane that was about to jay-walk, and collided with the jay-walker to prove a point. That is what the stupidity about staying in the bike lane 100% amounts to.
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Has anybody else noticed that in NYC people who drive trucks go to insane, ridiculous lengths to make their trucks "look official" even when they obviously aren't. Sometimes its really ridiculous what they do, then they try to park illegally using this gambit. And they seem to get away with it sometimes.. either that or nobody cares about tickets.
I haven't noticed, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened. Could you provide a picture of it happening?(if possible) Regardless of a picture or not, it doesn't sound far-fetched for NYC.
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